I have had a dream to have my own shop for many years. But I didn't want it to be a "junk shop"
with lots of various items and I did not want to sell clothing .
I wanted it to be for hand embroidered linens and vintage dishware.
Last year I worked and worked on fixing up a little storage building on our property
I spent weeks hauling out stored items , scrubbing and painting......and planning.
I filled it with pieces of old furniture I had found along the way,
I painted my sign, with my shop's name, Yesteryear,
attached it to a vintage bed frame,
fixed it to the ground,
attained my business license ..............
and opened the door!
I wanted to have different areas fixed in my shop to sell the different things I have collected throughout the years. This is my kitchen/dining area
with every nook and cabinet
filled with vintage kitchen gadgets and dishware.
I love depression era glass and have a shelf
stocked full of different kinds.
I have a table set with vintage linens, plates, bowls, wine glasses, and everything else for a dining table. The colorful chairs are a vintage set I have had for many years.
I stripped them, painted them vibrant colors
and hand cross stitched different backs with different scenes of the seasons.
Another corner holds decorative wall plates and anniversary plates, as well as vintage picnic baskets.
One section has vintage lamps and candle holders.
One of the two dressers holds vintage figurines , vases and handbags,
while the other holds
crocheted doilies, perfume bottles, metal compacts, trinket boxes,
and drawers full of vintage hand embroidered linens.
Vintage wall pockets and vintage needlework are all over the walls.
And then there is Sophie. Who is with me constantly whether I am outside
or in the shop.
As for customers,..............I live pretty far out away from town.........so I have only had a handful.
Most of my sales are helped with my online Etsy shop.
I have not advertised my shop in a big way........
which is an area I need to improve on if I want more folks to come out and visit.
But it is a wonderful dream that has become a wonderful reality.
How about you?
Do you like to find and go through vintage shops?What are the things you like to look for?
I would love to hear.